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Assistant Professor of Human Rights in the Middle East & North Africa

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Political Science

Posting Number: req4219

Department: Ctr for Middle Eastern Studies

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona (UA) located in Tucson, Arizona seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Assistant Professor of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Tenure-Track. Candidates will be expected to have a PhD in Political Science or a closely related discipline. Exceptional ABD applicants nearing completion will also be considered. The position requires the ability to design and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and in Political Science, and the ability to mentor students. This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

A new assistant professor
(tenure-track) position in Human Rights in the Middle East and/or North Africa,
broadly defined. We are
interested in a broad range of approaches to the study of human rights in the
Middle East and/or North Africa with an emphasis on comparative politics or
international relations. Of
interest are human rights issues related to economic and social rights, gender
politics, environmental justice, sustainable
development, health, humanitarianism, indigenous
rights, and migrants and refugees. The
successful candidate will be well qualified to engage in undergraduate and
graduate teaching; have an active research agenda, with research in or
centrally related to the Middle East and/or North Africa; have potential for externally supported
research; and have an interest in participating in outreach activities. The teaching load is typically two courses
per semester. Proficiency in at least
one Middle Eastern language is highly desirable (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian,
Turkish or a related language).

The appointed candidate will hold a
joint position in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) and the
School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies (MENAS), both in the
University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). The exact percentage in each unit and tenure
home will be determined at the close of the search, as appropriate for the
appointed candidate.

About SGPP: The SGPP is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and
is uniquely situated to serve as a model for public affairs education. SGPP is
a multi-disciplinary school with a broad portfolio of innovative programs and
degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This includes undergraduate
degrees in criminal justice studies, law, political science, and public
management and policy. At the graduate level, SGPP offers professional Master
of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy programs, as well as the
fully online Master of International Security Studies degree. SGPP is also home
to a residential Ph.D. program that trains students across the fields of
political science, public policy, public administration, and public management.

About Middle Eastern and North
African Studies:
The UA features an extensive program in Middle
Eastern and North African studies. MENAS
offers a BA, MA and PhD, a BA in Arabic, and includes an Arabic Flagship
program. Also in SBS are the American
Institute for Maghrib Studies; Arizona Center for Judaic Studies; Arizona
Center for Turkish Studies; and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a Title VI US
Department of Education-funded National Resource Center. SBS/MENAS faculty are also central to the Graduate College's Roshan
Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies, which offers both MA and a PhD degrees.

Interdisciplinarity at the UA and
the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences:
The UA offers a congenial environment for interdisciplinary teaching and
research about human rights. Interest in human rights-related issues is
informed by the UA's location near the US border with Mexico. SBS offers an online MA and graduate
certificate in Human Rights Practice, as well as a fully online BA in Human
Rights Practice and three additional graduate certificates in the field. The Global Studies major includes an emphasis
area in Human Rights, Migrations, and Social Movements. Of related interest are additional programs
in SBS such as the BA in Food Studies; the BA in Philosophy, Politics,
Economics and Law in the Department of Political Economy & Moral Science; and
the School of Sociology's Care, Health & Society BS major.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Interest in outreach efforts

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Political
    Science or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution
  • Experience teaching courses
    in both Middle Eastern and/or North African Studies and Political Science
  • Exceptional ABD applicants nearing completion will also be considered; Ph.D.
    is required for appointment as Assistant Professor
  • Teaching experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular
    perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body
  • Emerging scholarly reputation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. by the time of appointment
  • Proficiency in at least one Middle Eastern Language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, or a related language)

Rank: Assistant Professor

Tenure Information

Tenure-Eligible (TE)

FLSA: Always Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Academic

Job Category: Faculty

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Contact Information for Candidates

Please contact Professor Anne H. Betteridge, Search Committee Chair, ( for more information.

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

A complete application packet will include five items: a CV; a Cover Letter; the candidate's statement on research agenda (as Additional Document); the candidate's statement on teaching pedagogy that includes details of the candidate's experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body (as Additional Document); and the names, titles, and email addresses of at least three references (as Additional Document).

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Anne H. Betteridge, Search Committee Chair, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references. Please upload your reference contact list under the "Additional Document" slot within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation. These letters of recommendation must be uploaded directly via the website by your reference provider. is not compatible with any "dossier aggregate" system (e.g., Interfolio, Intellimedia).

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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